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The Fashion Industry's Apple Watch Reaction

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Some of what I came across:

Lisa Armstrong for The Telegraph:



The Apple Watch certainly multi-tasks and looks terrific, although most of us will deploy a fraction of its potential.

Would I like one? Yes. I love watches, and I'm a sucker for a good looking gadget.

...the company is entering the style arena. It should be one hell of a show.




Irman Amed for Business of Fashion:



What’s more, just as the iPod, iPhone and iPad created a whole new leather goods category dedicated to carrying tech accessories, I would also expect a similar mini-industry to sprout up around the new Apple Watch. Might traditional luxury brands like Hermès, Gucci or Louis Vuitton create their own straps or accessories for Watch?

Watch this space. Apple has just completely changed the game.




Lauren Goodman for Yahoo! Style:



Tech companies think ‘style is easy, just sprinkle on top with a couple of celebrities’. Today it looks like Apple came prepared, and is moving into style with style!”




Susy Menkes for Vogue Paris:



I tried to absorb the vast possibilities of personalisation and a fantasy of functions.

And I still don’t know whether the fashion world will embrace this smartest of watches, or whether a new generation that has its phone as a timepiece will find the wristbands compelling.



Additionally:



“The Apple Watch will be a status symbol to carry,” —Eric Wilson / InStyle Magazine


“It is immaculate in terms of how function meets design. The issue is really about how much people want to wear something so clearly, essentially an amazing gadget,” —Alexandra Shulman / British Vogue


I didn't think I was going to wear it pre-announcement, and now, absolutely," —Joe Zee


"I think it's going to be huge," —Joanna Coles / Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief


"It's kind of dorky," —Alexa Chung.


"I would never replace my Rolex for that watch.” —Todd Snyder / Designer



Most iPhone users will eventually use/wear it. Some before others, naturally. If you can't imagine yourself without a smartphone in 2014, this will be the case, a few years from now, with the Apple Watch. Which is why Apple didn't need to worry about the fashion crowed: You're wearing the Apple Watch for the technology/functionality/and life enhancements it brings you, not fashion; and if its technology is irresistible then people will wear it.

Anja Rubik for Dom Pérignon & Iris Van Herpen Collaboration Video by Daniel Sannwald

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Iris Van Herpen:


This exclusive new collaboration combines Iris van Herpen’s forward-thinking aesthetic with the Dom Pérignon champagne’s playful expression, limitless innovation and taste for reinvention. She won the prestigious ANDAM fashion award (2014 grand prize).

Dom Pérignon Metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen marks the end of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 as we know it in its first Plénitude and celebrates its pending metamorphosis into P2, or Second Plénitude of the Dom Pérignon Vintage. All that we know may disappear for a time, but it will rise again – transformed and reinvented.

The new limited edition centers upon metamorphosis: signifying the closure of one period and the birth of another, and a powerful symbol of evolution, transformation and renaissance. Throughout its history, the Dom Pérignon champagne has been intricately linked to the concept of metamorphosis. The spiritual legacy of Dom Pierre Pérignon constantly reinvents itself throughout the ages, selectively choosing when to emerge in the form of a new vintage.


Linda Evangelista by Steven Klein at Anita's Way Sept 7-11, 7-8pm

Linda Evangelista by Steven Klein at Anita's Way

Trailer

Timeout:


This [Anita's Way] public plaza connects the Condè Nast and Bank of America buildings, and occasionally hosts site-specific performances. It was named after Anita Durst, founder of Chashama, which transforms vacant properties into artists' spaces.

Yahoo Style

Yahoo Style

Joe Zee Unviels the new Yahoo Style

Fashionista:


"Online, you are inundated with things that are so quick – Twitter feeds, Instagram feeds. A website can be a lot of breaking news, but [Yahoo Style] is so much more; because it's fashion, it's much more about visuals and ideas you can get into," Zee says.Yahoo Style will be more focused on reacting to news than covering it straight-up, he adds, giving the much-covered story of Angelina Jolie's Versace-designed wedding dress as an example. "Everyone is breaking news that Angelina got married, that she wore Versace. For me, what I love about that Versace dress is that she put her kids' [drawings] on it – most moms put those on the fridge, but she put them her on wedding dress. We might do a story then about how you incorporate elements of personalization into your wedding dress."

The Age of Controversy & Apology

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Fast Design: Zara Pulls Shirt From Stores Because People Say It Resembles A Concentration Camp Uniform


Fast fashion retailer Zara has pulled a striped top with a six-pointed yellow star decal from its stores after social media users complained it resembled the uniforms worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during World War II.

The shirt was a pajama top meant for children ages three months to three years. Zara claims the star on the front was meant to resemble a sheriff’s badge, inspired by “classic Western films”--the star has the word “sheriff” imprinted on it, but the word wasn’t clear in photos on the retailer’s website. Critics took to social media to point out the resemblance between the top and the uniforms of victims of the Holocaust

[About the yellow star]

The New Vogue.com

Vogue

Vogue.com

New York Times: A Makeover for Vogue’s Website, With a Faster Pace for Covering News



The new site has its own expanded staff now and its own space in the headquarters of its parent company, Condé Nast. It will cover news at a faster pace and will now mount its own fashion shoots. Familiar web fashion staples, like street style photographs, will continue to appear.

“The technology has obviously changed since Sally came on board,” Ms. Wintour said. “We can be much quicker, nimbler, make much more content available.”

It also has a redesigned look, with a cleanliness that has become the new convention for online design, created for easy navigation on a mobile device. Only one advertiser will appear on each page.

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The site draws about 3.3 million unique visitors a month, Vogue says. (New York Magazine’s fashion site, The Cut, gets about four million, it says.)

Tidbit: Scott & Garance Split

Scott & Garance

Garance:


I just want to give you a small note to tell you that Scott and I have decided to separate.


We’ve shared so much of our creative life (and more) with you, our readers, so we thought it was right to let you know about it.
We are still great friends and we’re both doing okay.

I’ll close the comments for this one. Big kiss to you all.



Scott:



After seven wonderful years, Garance and I have decided to split.
 
We’ve shared so much of our creative life (and more) with you, our readers, that we thought it was right to let you know.
 
Our mutual respect and admiration for each other have left us still great friends.
Our time together profoundly changed both of our lives for the better and I deeply thank her for that experience.
 
It’s a difficult time but we are both doing ok.
 
I will close comments for this post if you don’t mind.

Rumor: 'CR Fashion Book' The End?

Page Six:



As top fashion glossies get ready to drop their September issues, speculation is swirling about the future of the publishing mini-empire built by longtime collaborators Stephen Gan and Cecilia Dean after Page Six reported the duo’s splitting.
One casualty of their portfolio, which includes V magazine, VMan and Visionaire, could be former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s ­2-year-old CR Fashion Book, insiders say.

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Roitfeld’s fancy friends, including photographer Bruce Weber, still worked with the well-connected editor anyway, shooting cover models including Kate Upton and Gigi Hadid. But insiders say that Condé’s “stranglehold” on top shooters has made it hard to compete, and the magazine has also had trouble attracting the paying advertisers it hoped for.

“Carine can’t understand why none of her friends are buying ads,” a source sniffed.

The insider added of CR’s future: “The plan is not to announce it is closing, but to do a ‘soft close.’ The whole staff knows what’s going on and are looking for other jobs.”


Earlier this week CR Fashion book posted the below image of their upcoming 5th issue, hitting newsstands in September.

  CR Fashion Book No.5

Fetishism Is Steven Meisel's Pirelli Calendar Theme

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A few details on the upcoming calendar, from Vanity Fair Italia (here & here):

- Photographer: Steven Meisel

- Edition: 51st

- Year: 2015

- Shot in: May 2014

- Location: New York City

- Theme: Fetishism

- Stylist: Carine Roitfeld

- Number of Models: 12

- Revealed models: Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Natalia Vodianova, Candice Huffine, Sasha Luss...

- Number of copies to be printed: 17,000

- Bonus: A peek at Sasha

Dov Charney Now A 'Strategic Consultant' For American Apparel

The Cut:



Whatever you think of Dov Charney — and people have a lot of opinions — the man is a master strategist. Now, he's managed to work his way back into the American Apparel fold, with a new job title as, appropriately, "strategic consultant." How did we get here? Well, it sounds like Charney basically forced his former employer's hand by buying up nearly half of the company, with some help from Standard General. Now Charney, AA, and Standard General have come to an agreement wherein Standard General is injecting up to $25 million into the company and getting its own seat on the board.

★ Eileen Ford Dead At 92

People: Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Models, Is Dead at 92



Eileen-ford-600Eileen Ford, who co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry in 1946 – essentially inventing the modern modeling business, and exerting enormous influence on the world's views of human beauty – has died at 92.

She had been hospitalized last week after suffering a fall at her New York apartment.

Dov Charney Set to Sue American Apparel

LA Times: Dov Charney demands American Apparel job back or he'll sue, says lawyer



Dov Charney is gearing up for a legal battle against the American Apparel Inc. board that ousted him as chief executive.

In a letter to the board's counsel, Charney's lawyer, Patricia Glaser, accused the directors of illegally firing its chief executive and chairman last week. She said Charney planned to pursue legal action against the Los Angeles retailer unless he was reinstated.

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The board of directors gave Charney an ultimatum: resign from all his positions at the company or be terminated for cause, the letter said.

If Charney resigned, he would be paid a multimillion-dollar severance and stay on as a consultant for the company for four years, the letter said. If he did not resign, he would be fired along with public statements explaining the board's decision that would contain what Glaser described as "false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Charney."

The board gave Charney the choice at noon at the Wednesday meeting, and told him he had until 4:30 p.m. to make a decision, the letter said. The deadline was later stretched to 9 p.m. that same day.

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"We question the legitimacy and thoroughness of any investigation that did not involve any discussion whatsoever with Mr. Charney," Glaser wrote. The charges mostly "involve activities that occurred long ago (if at all) and about which the board and the company have had knowledge for years."